Richmond shoppers get taste of Ukraine

Elvira Kasimova, right, with neeps & tatties owners Dave and Laura Morton, and her partner Adrian Smith.

A Ukrainian visitor to the district has given shoppers in Richmond a taste of her country’s food.

Elvira Kasimova cooked up a batch of traditional Ukrainian borscht which was sold at Neeps & Tatties Greengrocers on Saturday.

Donations received for the food will go to the Ukrainian Army’s efforts to protect their country following the invasion by Russia.

Elvira made the broth — which is the Ukrainian national dish made of tomato, beetroot and pork, topped with a dollop of sour cream — using a family recipe.

She said: “I can’t be in Ukraine at the moment so I wanted to do something to help”

Laura Morton, from Neeps and Tatties, was happy to get involved

“We were pleased to be able to offer a venue for Elvira’s fundraiser.

“We know our customers and the wider public in Richmond would come and support it as the conflict in Ukraine has been on the minds of a lot of people and it’s often a talking point in the shop.”

Three portions were dropped off to hairdresser Sarah Baird, owner of Sarah’s Salon in Bargate.

She said: “It was delicious — Elvira is so lovely, we can only imagine what all Ukrainians are going through, and it’s a well-worthy cause for the Ukrainian Army.

“We are all in this together and for the sake of all humanity we need to stick together and help the Ukrainian people.”

The event raised more than £250, equivalent to about US $330 and 9,700 Hryvnia.